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India

India

by Stanley Wolpert

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a literate, succinct primer. (IDA04, $29.95)

Mughal India, Splendours of the Peacock Throne

Mughal India, Splendours of the Peacock Throne

by Valerie Berinstain | Paul Bahn

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 159 PAGES

This illustrated pocket guide presents the history, culture and splendor of the Mughal court and its celebrated architecture in hundreds of archival photographs and drawings. (IDA50, $15.95)

The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

by Peter Matthiessen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas. (NPL03, $17.00)

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

by William Dalrymple

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Dalrymple infectiously interweaves his own experiences over a year in Delhi with its art, architecture, history and literature. (IDA06, $17.00)

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

by Anuradha Chaturvedi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

With chapters on Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Red Fort and dozens of other highlights for the traveler, this compact, gorgeously illustrated guide to Delhi and its environs features 900 color photographs, maps and site plans. (IDA151, $25.00)

India Northwest Adventure Map

India Northwest Adventure Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided full color map of Northwest India at a scale of 1:1,400,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads, waterways and basic travel information. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Two sides. 20 x 31 inches. (IDA73, $11.95)

 
Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment


by Stephen Bezruchka

  • REFERENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide. (REF02, $8.95)

Culture Smart! India

Culture Smart! India


by Becky Stephen

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated guide to both social and business customs in India. (IDA298, $9.95)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind the Beautiful Forevers


by Katherine Boo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and writer at The New Yorker, Boo turns her four years among the people of a Mumbai slum into an absorbing tale of the clash of India, new and old, prosperous and disenfranchised. (IDA654, $16.00)

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas


by Peter Harrison

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

This slim book recreates the dramatic and colorful fortifications of Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal and Bhutan, recounting their history through foreign incursions, religious conflicts and civil wars to the Tibetan uprising and flight of the Dalai Lama from Potala Palace in 1959. (HML117, $18.95)

India, A Sacred Geography

India, A Sacred Geography


by Diana L. Eck

  • RELIGION
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard, Diana Eck turns her interest in temples and places of pilgrimage into a celebration of the diversity of popular religious traditions in India in this richly rewarding travelogue. (IDA634, $16.00)

India, In Word and Image

India, In Word and Image


by Eric Meola

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

Eric Meola deftly pairs colorful photographs of people, traditions, art and architecture with choice quotations by Salman Rushdie, R. K. Narayan, Jhumpa Lahiri and others in this dazzling visual celebration of the culture and pageantry of India. (IDA540, $60.00)

Into the Silence

Into the Silence


by Wade Davis

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

In this thrilling portrait of George Mallory and fellow climbers, Davis vividly recreates Britain's heroic attempts to scale Everest in the 1920s, putting the whole enterprise into the context of World War I and British Imperial ambitions. (HML101, $17.95)

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster


by Jon Krakauer

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

In this bestseller, climber and journalist Krakauer reconstructs a minute-by-minute account of what went wrong on the great mountain in 1996. (HML13, $15.95)

Power Places of Kathmandu: Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal

Power Places of Kathmandu: Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal


by Keith Dowman | Kevin Bubriski

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • HARD COVER
  • 130 PAGES

This handsome book by two authorities on art and architecture documents the most significant spiritual sites along the pilgrimage route in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. (NPL12, $39.95)

Gandhi, An Autobiography, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth

Gandhi, An Autobiography, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth


by Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

There is no substitute for reading Gandhi in his own simple, direct prose. A highly recommended glimpse into the personality and life of this remarkable figure. (IDA163, $16.00)

The Conquest of Everest, Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent

The Conquest of Everest, Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent


by Huw Lewis-Jones | George Lowe

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Huw Lewis-Jones brings together the remarkable imagery and rare materials from the private archives of legendary climber and photographer George Lowe, who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary and Norbu Tenzing Norgay on that first triumphant expedition to Mount Everest. (HML120, $39.95)

Above All Things

Above All Things


by Tanis Rideout

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 405 PAGES

A heartfelt and well-researched novel focusing on George Mallory's third fatal attempt at climbing Mount Everest. Rideout brings to life Mallory's struggles as well as those of his wife, Ruth. (HML133, $16.00)

Arresting God in Kathmandu

Arresting God in Kathmandu


by Samrat Upadhyay

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

This collection of stories explores the nature of desire and spirituality in modern Nepali society. (NPL61, $14.95)

India, A Traveler's Literary Companion

India, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Chandrahas Choudhury

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Each of these 14 stories evokes place and landscape, providing an excellent introduction both to contemporary writers and to India's diverse cultures and history. (IDA598, $14.95)

Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children


by Salman Rushdie

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie's greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations. (IDA12, $16.00)

Tiger, Soul of India

Tiger, Soul of India


by Valmik Thapar

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 184 PAGES

This lavish tribute features 250 color photographs, examples of art over the ages and engaging essays by tiger wallah Thapar, who has spent 30 years observing tigers. (IDA246, $55.00)

Wild India, The Wildlife of India and Nepal

Wild India, The Wildlife of India and Nepal


by Guy Mountefort | Gerald Cubitt

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

An informative introduction to the natural history of the region in a handsome oversize volume. With hundreds of extraordinary photographs of the wildlife and landscapes of the Himalayas, the Indo-Ganges Plain and the Deccan. (IDA02, $29.95)

Birds of India

Birds of India


by Richard Grimmett | Carol Inskipp | Tim Inskipp

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference. (FG43, $39.50)

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